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Contract employment is big business in America today.

Instead of hiring employees directly, corporations are increasingly using armies of contractors and subcontractors to do their work and drive their profits. Those at the top have enormous power to drive a hard bargain with their contractors.

While the contract economy has been good for corporate profits at the top, it’s been a bad deal for the millions of workers at the bottom. Contract employees and temporary workers often earn lower wages and have fewer benefits than direct hires. Contract employees can also experience job insecurity and do not have basic workplace protections.

In this section, learn about the strategies employers use to evade labor laws and worker benefits which help explain why so many workers are seeing their jobs provide less and less of what they need to get by.

We also offer solutions and ideas so that the hope of attaining a good job with good benefits no longer depends on whether a worker is a direct or subcontracted worker.

  • Stopping Low-Road Outsourcing

  • Independent Contractor Misclassification

  • Restoring Accountability for Temp Work

  • Uber & Lyft: Running Over Local Democracy

 

Stopping Low-Road Outsourcing

Independent Contractor Misclassification

Restoring Accountability for Temp Work

Uber & Lyft: Running Over Local Democracy

 

Policy Options to Stop Low-Road Outsourcing

Solutions to Independent Contractor Misclassification

Restoring Accountability for Temp Work

Uber & Lyft: Running Over Local Democracy

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Contract employees and temporary workers often earn lower wages and have fewer benefits than direct hires. Contracted workers can experience job insecurity and do not have basic workplace protections.

In this section, learn about the strategies employers use to evade labor laws and worker benefits which help explain why so many workers are seeing their jobs provide less and less of what they need to get by.

We also offer solutions and ideas so that the hope of attaining a good job with good benefits no longer depends on whether a worker is a direct or subcontracted worker.

Policy Options to Stop Low-Road Outsourcing

Outsourcing is usually defined by a business that hires another entity to do a service, usually another company or individual.

However, outsourcing is a strategy that many companies use to shift costs directly onto workers, who may be classified, and often misclassified, as independent contractors. When something goes wrong—if workers are injured or don’t get paid what they’re owed, for example—the corporations say they’re not responsible, even though they are setting the terms and conditions that ultimately determine how these workers are treated.

Visit this resource page to learn more about our research and policy options to improve labor standards in outsourced work.

Solutions to Independent Contractor Misclassification

Employers legitimately contract every day with other independent businesses, typically to perform specialty jobs that the contractor performs for a variety of customers.   

However, independent contractor misclassification is on the rise, especially in home care, truck driving, delivery, janitorial services and warehouse industries. Unchecked, independent contractor misclassification can cause long-term damage to the economy and workers, but there are solutions.

Learn more about policy options and solutions to independent contractor misclassification here.

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